Sunday, November 19, 2006

Six More Days

I accomplished my weekend running goals and felt great. Just goes to show that the extra rest day was a good idea. Yesterday we enjoyed partly cloudy skies and 38 degree temps. Today we enjoyed (?) pouring, steady rain - big fat drops and temps of 47. By the time we finished my shoes were squishy-wet and I was soaked all the way through. I sure hope it clears before next Sunday!

Seattle Marathon...it's kinda scary. Everyone talks about the hills and what a tough course it is. The weather is usually either really cold or steady rain, sometimes with wind. They open the course at 6 hours - which is a little nerve-wracking for a marathoner with a 6:08 and 5:54 under her belt. (They still have volunteers at the finish, and limited volunteers on the course). It's my third one in two months and I'm probably more nervous than I was for either of the other two.

Once again, Sunday will be a family affair. Riley will be running the half - he last ran it in 2003 when he was 14. Seattle was Eric's first marathon. The one he ran and then said "Never again." It was in 1998 and the rain was coming down sideways that day. He finished in 3:47, cold and miserable. He didn't run another marathon for four years. But then he went nuts, and has now logged 17 marathons and four ultras. He claims he's running it next weekend because of peer pressure - hah! He just can't pass up a race these days.

I've got a strong urge to fit a couple more marathons in somewhere between now and Yakima. The reason is two-fold: first, I want to keep this level of fitness up and it seems like the easiest way to do it; and two (yes, this is silly) doing 6 in 6 months would earn me another star in the maniac rankings. That's right - I want to be a two-star runner! I'm not sure where this desire is coming from, I think maybe because it's an achievable goal.

Lately, I've been going to bed at night and thinking just how lucky I am. I had a dream that I thought was impossible...and now it's come true. I'm running marathons. Me! The slow-poke, back-of-the-pack runner. Me! The one who was always feeling tired and sick. Me! The one that everyone ran with when they were injured or recovering. Me! The one all the beginning runners went out with, and soon left behind. I did it. Me! I'm running marathons and thankful for it every day.

24 comments:

E-Speed said...

You'll do great at Seattle! Enjoy the taper and enjoy the race! Your good attitude will definitely pull you through!

Yvonne said...

what a wondeful last paragraph! best of luck in seattle - very much looking forward to reading about it.

Annette said...

You have really achieved awesome things! You're amazing. Good luck in Seattle. I do hope the weather gets better - this rain is no fun. Run on! :)

robtherunner said...

No need to worry about Seattle. Remember, you're amongst friends and even in the midst of the rain and the wind the once impossible dream has come true. Remember to pinch yourself somewhere along the course.

And No, bloglines is not updating anything.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, you're doing an awesome job. Yes...YOU! :)

Elaine

Anonymous said...

You. The marathon maniac who will soon have 2 stars.

You're starting to scare me.

Btw, the face painter in our house is definitely Niamh. My artistic skills are limited to uploading the photos on the computer.

TryAthlete said...

Good luck to everyone on Sunday! How wonderful to have family running at the event.

Jack said...

You're doing fantastic! Enjoy your taper and the upcoming marathon.

justrun said...

Great post, Michelle. YOU are going to be great! Wet, maybe cold, with your family and friends and great!

Wes said...

Having gotten to know you a little bit these past few months, I have to admit, you're losing it woman! LOL. Maniac, indeed! I think about you often when I am running. You have so much to be proud and thankful for...

Sarah said...

I just love the glee in your last paragraph! You'll be great at Seattle! Yes, YOU! can do it! : )

Anne said...

I don't blame you for chasing down 6 in 6, or for being unusually nervous about the one coming up. You'll do just fine though. You sound ready.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

OMG, I can't believe that I missed the fact that you ran TWO marathons!!! I've been so out of the loop!!!! Belated congratulations and I'm so excited for your next one!

runliarun said...

You did not really think your dream was impossible. If you had believed that, it would have remained a dream. Your dream did not simply come true - you made it come true, and you are amazing.

Jessica Deline said...

You are awesome! Way to go for your dreams and achieve them. I'm sure you'll do great in Seattle. It's always important to be thankful for each and every day we can run..

mtnrunR said...

What a great post!!! I'm thinking you will surprise yourself in Seattle! Sub 5:30 I am sure of it. Have fun!
tom riley

Rose said...

Two-Star Michelle! How cool is that! Have a great time in Seattle.

Joe said...

Thankful indeed, Michelle...what fun...look forward to the last bit of taper madness and the race report!! Let's hope for no rain!

Ryan said...

Keep living the dream and riding the wave of marathons! Have a great race!

Hang loose!

Darrell said...

I definitely smiled at that last paragraph and let out a little Woohoo! Just think about all those people you've helped out along the way.

Do I have permission to borrow Eric's peer pressure excuse next time I need one?

Lana said...

6 marathons in 6 months????? I can't imagine!! You get 5 stars in my book! Goodluck in Seattle!

Sarah Elaine said...

You, yes, YOU!

You're starting to sound like Rob though... running marathons just to keep up your level of fitness? Oy vey... Better stay away from that boy. I think he's a bad influence! ;-)

Rock on, BoP!

PuddyRat said...

Hey, Michelle!

I can so understand and relate to your last paragraph, the one where you go on about how you have achieved what you once thought impossible.

Anyway, I hope to see you sometime on Sunday. I don't think you'll have any problem with the course closing. While you are out there, though, keep an eye out for Pat; he's doing the full (on very little training) while I'm doing the half.

Do you get to put stars on your maniacs jersey when you get it?

Wanna-be 5k-er said...

You have so much to be thankful for, wtg, girl!

BEST of luck in Seattle!